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Learn how you can Make a Greater Impact in our Community Through Better Charitable Giving When you Tune in to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s NEW Podcast Today!

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The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is thrilled to announce an exciting new way we’re helping our community make a greater impact through better charitable giving decisions!

Our first-ever podcast, Creating Impact Through Giving, launched in early July and shares stories and conversations that highlight not only the passions behind charitable gifts, but also the tools and techniques that were used to make a significant difference for the donor’s favorite nonprofit or charitable cause as well as their taxes.

Why a podcast?

Podcasts are a great alternative to video and are made for easy listening. You can easily listen to Creating Impact Through Giving while driving in the car or while you’re doing mindless chores. You can listen directly through our website or stay notified when each new episode is released by subscribing through your favorite podcast platform, like Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.

Check out our list of recently posted and upcoming podcasts below:

Episode 1: Discovering Your Charitable Passions
Release Date: July 13, 2020
In this introductory episode, we sat down with a few very important people at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to discuss the history of the Foundation and the variety of ways we help our people in our community make a charitable impact.

Episode 2: The Gift of Education
Release Date: July 28, 2020
We recently wrapped up another successful (and unprecedented) scholarship season, awarding $2.5 million to nearly 800 students throughout the state of Oklahoma. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to chat with one of the donors that made these scholarships possible, discussing the ins and outs of how and why her family chose to establish a scholarship through the Community Foundation. We also had a few guest appearances by former Community Foundation scholarship recipients who shared how the gift of education impacted the trajectory of their lives.

Episode 3: Keep Your Distance but Keep Moving
Release Date: August 18, 2020
An important goal of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is to activate change in areas that need it most. Through the creation and launch of KeepMovingOKC.org, we’re helping make healthier lifestyle choices easier and more accessible. In this episode, we will discuss the launch of the free KeepMovingOKC.org website, why it’s an important tool for the community, why exercise is good for everyone and how we’re collaborating with other community organizations to improve health statistics in central Oklahoma.

Episode 4: Strengthening our Local Nonprofits
Release Date: September 8, 2020
Did you know that, even with the financial insecurity caused by a global pandemic, our annual Charitable Organization Endowment distributions awarded to local nonprofits have not been affected. This reinforces just how dependable endowment fund distributions can be in critical times. In this episode, we’ll discuss the real value of endowment funds, how and why our community can support the endowment funds of local nonprofits (hint: it can be more than just a cash gift) and how the new and improved GiveSmartOKC.org tool can help donors make a better giving decision.

What are you waiting for? Tune in to Creating Impact Through Giving today to learn how YOU can make a real difference in our community!

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Welcomes New Trustees, Chairman of the Board

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation recently elected Charles Wiggin and Pete White to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for three-year terms that began July 1, 2020. In addition, T. Scott Spradling was elected as chairman of the board.

Charles Wiggin

The founder, president and CEO of Wiggin Properties, Wiggin has spent his career overseeing large commercial real estate projects in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Boston. He serves on the board of many civic organizations, and as Oklahoma’s honorary consul for the Federal Republic of Germany.

Pete White

White is a former Oklahoma City councilman who represented Ward 4 for 19 years. An army veteran, he is a graduate of Oklahoma City University’s School of Law, active with many civic organizations in Oklahoma City and has played an integral role in the recent development of the community.

Wiggin and White can serve on the Community Foundation’s board for up to nine years. They replace retiring Trustees Ann Johnstone and P.B. Odom III, who each completed their nine-year terms June 30, 2020.

T. Scott Spradling

Spradling, a longtime Oklahoma City attorney, practices corporate, real estate transactions and real estate finance law at Hartzog Conger Cason in downtown Oklahoma City. He has been an Oklahoma City Community Foundation Trustee since 2014, and replaces Dr. Steven C. Agee, who served as chairman for two years and will remain on the board as a Trustee.

As chairman, Spradling will direct a 15-member board comprised of local civic and business leaders. The board governs the policies, administration, activities and grant decisions of the Community Foundation, which administers more than 1,600 charitable endowments and is ranked as one of the nation’s largest community foundations.

“I am honored to serve in a leadership role with this organization and help carry the mission forward,” Spradling said. “We are sad to say goodbye to Trustees who have made great contributions to the success of the organization over the past nine years, but we are eager to add two new Trustees to provide leadership as we move forward and navigate the years ahead.”